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Movie Screening: The Future of Food

It’s being called “the Fahrenheit 9/11 of the genetically engineered food battle” and it will be screened in Los Angeles this month. We share with you an announcement from the producers of The Future of Food; information on where/when the film will be screened is below.

A new documentary film by Deborah Koons Garcia joins a recent crop of politically-oriented documentaries including Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, The Corporation, and Robert Greenwald’s OutFoxed, whose directors are seeking to have a direct impact on how people understand and respond to today’s pressing social issues. The Future of Food is a feature-length documentary that sheds light on the controversy surrounding genetically modified food by offering an in-depth investigation into a revolution that is transforming everything about the food we eat, from the crop field to the dinner table.
The film will be playing August 20th through 26th at the Arclight Cinemas in Los Angeles during the International Documentary Association’s premiere venue for documentary films, the Infact Documentary Showcase, and will qualify for Academy Award consideration.

Already The Future of Food has been credited with helping to pass a measure banning the growth of genetically altered crops and animals in Mendocino County, California. While still in production, the film was screened for local residents, who ultimately voted in favor of the GMO ban. Now, with four more California counties gearing up to debate similar measures this November and biotech companies headed to Sacramento to launch a major legislative defensive against these local efforts, the film could not be more timely.

“My goal was to make a film that clearly explained how genetic engineering works and impacts the agricultural industry,” said award-winning filmmaker Koons Garcia. “It is meant as a call to action, and I’m glad that it is helping to change policy.”

The widow of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, Koons Garcia wrote, directed, and co-produced The Future of Food with Catherine Butler, whose credits include the Emmy-nominated The Science of HIV/AIDS (Discovery Channel). Koons Garcia’s other films include All About Babies, narrated by Jane Alexander, which won a Cine Golden Eagle and a Gold Medal from the John Muir Medical Film Festival, among other awards.

The Future of Food, which has already won critical acclaim from audiences from Hawaii to Washington, D.C., takes the viewer from the vast wheat fields of Saskatchewan, Canada to a seed bank in Mexico where farmers and consumers are subjects in one of the most massive biological experiments in history. The film takes a powerful look at whether the food we eat is safe and how large, multinational companies are actively consolidating the control of food production and distribution worldwide.

For more information about the film, visit The Future of Food web site. Information about International Documentary Association screenings can be found on their site.

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